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The indispensable first step to getting
by Ben Stein

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Related topics: Values Purpose

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable
than the fighting of elections.
- Winston Churchill

In preparing for battle I have always found that
plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition
for building up a sound education.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

The first quality that is needed is audacity.
- Winston Churchill

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Okay, here's your first lesson: how to take a FALL!
- the movie Karate Kid

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first
and the lessons afterwards.
- Anonymous

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Life is uncertain; always eat dessert first.
- Anonymous

Do not say, "It is morning,"
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time
as a newborn child that has no name.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It is the first law of friendship
that it has to be cultivated.
The second is to be indulgent
when the first law is neglected.
- Voltaire

A leader is not one who says, "Follow me."
A leader is one who says, "I'll go first."
- Neale Donald Walsch

There are two kinds of people,
those who do the work,
and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group;
there is less competition there.
- Indira Gandhi

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts.
If you don't control what you think,
you can't control what you do.
Simply, self-discipline enables you
to think first and act afterward.
- Napoleon Hill

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, I Do What Is Important To Me, First.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

A holiday, the day I first named you, "friend."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov


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